Portola in Plumas County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Sacramento Northern Railway 712
Road Freight Locomotive
SN 712 was built for the Western Pacific, part of WP's second order for this locomotive model. In July 1971 the 712 and sister engine 711 were transferred to the SN, retiring two ex-New York Ontario & Western Railway F3A model locomotives that had worked the SN trains running to the steel mill at Pittsburgh. The old F3A locomotives were worn out from the heavy service and the railway needed a pair of engines with similar horsepower but more conducive to switching duties, as the previous F3s were carbody style locomotives with limited visibility.
The two "new" locomotives were among the first on the WP system to be repainted from their as delivered silver and orange colors into
Though owned by the Sacramento Northern, 712 was often found working on the WP proper. At the time of the Union Pacific merger in December 1982, SN 712 could usually be found working in San Jose, California or running on secondary trains on the western end of the WP.
The 712 was the last SN lettered locomotive in service. Upon retirement by Union Pacific in March 1985, the engine was donated to the Western Railway Museum near Fairfield, California, where it was repainted and displayed. In 2006, the Feather River Rail Society and Western Railway Museum operator Bay Area Electric Railway Association traded several pieces of equipment, including SN 712, to better focus their respective collections.
builder Electro-Motive Division of General Motors
built April, 1953
serial number 18168
original cost $170,833.00
top speed 65 MPH
operating weight 246,800 lbs
acquisition donated by Bay Area Electric Railway Association
Erected by Western Pacific Railroad Museum.
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Location. 39° 48.198′ N, 120° 28.641′ W. Marker is in Portola, California, in Plumas County. Marker can be reached from Western Pacific Way Ό mile west of Main Street. Marker is mounted directly on the subject locomotive, on exhibit in the Western Pacific Railroad Museum yard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 Western Pacific Way, Portola CA 96122, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Western Pacific Railroad 925-C (a few steps from this marker); Western Pacific Railroad 805-A (within shouting distance of this marker); Central California Traction Company 24 (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Pacific Railroad 428 (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Pacific Railroad 484 (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Pacific Railroad 501 (within shouting distance of this marker); Southern Pacific Railroad MW208 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Western Pacific 106 "Charles O. Sweetwood" (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portola.
Also see . . . Sacramento Northern 712. Today, SN 712 is displayed, out of service with a faulty traction motor. (Submitted on December 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 32 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.